Sarah Alami Gouraftei

Graduate Student


Integrative Anthropological Sciences

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Biodemography
  • Health
  • Quantitative and Mixed Methods
  • Bolivia
  • Morocco


MA in Anthropology with a Demography emphasis (UCSB)

BA in Anthropology (UCSB)


I am a human behavioral ecologist who studies how ecological and social factors shape human behavior, social networks, and health outcomes. I conduct fieldwork with the Tsimane and Moseten in Amazonian Bolivia, and in the Todgha valley in Southeast Morocco.


  • Alami, S., von Rueden, C., Seabright, E., Kraft, T.S., Blackwell, A.D., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2020). Mother’s social status is associated with child health in a horticulturalist population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1922). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2783
  • Alami, S., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Low perceived control over health is associated with lower treatment uptake in a high mortality population of Bolivian forager-farmers. Social Science & Medicine, 200(September 2017), 156–165. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.01.017
  • von Rueden, C., Alami, S., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Sex differences in political leadership in an egalitarian society. Evolution and Human Behavior. DOI:0.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.005.
  • Gurven, M., Kraft, T., Alami, S., Copajira Adrian, J., Cortez Linares, E., Cummings, D., Eid Rodriguez, D., Hooper, P., Jaeggi, A., Quispe Gutierrez, R., Maldonado Suarez, I., Seabright, E., Kapan, H., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B. Rapidly declining core body temperature in a tropical human population. Science Advances (In press).
  • Kaplan, HS., Trumble, BC., Stieglitz, J., Mamany, RM., Cayuba, MG., Moye, LM., Alami, S., Kraft, T., Gutierrez, RQ., Adrian, JC., Thompson, RC. (2020) Voluntary collective isolation as a best response to COVID-19 for indigenous populations? A case study and protocol from the Bolivian Amazon. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31104-1
  • Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Koster, J. M., Onyishi, C. N., Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Takemura, K., Zhuang, J.-Y., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018). Invariances in the architecture of pride across small-scale societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), 8322–8327. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1808418115
  • Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Agey, E., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Atkinson, Q. D., Broitman, B. R., Conte, T. J., Flores, C., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Onyishi, C. N.,Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Schrock, J. M., Snodgrass J. J., Sugiyama, L. S., Takemura, K.,Townsend, C., Zhuang, J.-Y., Aktipis, C. A., Cronk, L., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018).Cross-cultural invariances in the architecture of shame. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(39), 9702–9707. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1805016115


  • Methods in the Human Behavioral Sciences (ANTH 9)
  • Introductory Biological Anthropology (ANTH 5)
  • Introductory Biosocial Anthropology (ANTH 7)
  • Human Growth and Development (ANTH 161)
  • Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 171)